What was the first thing I did when I retired from editing On Pasture? I started a new job as an editor. It wasn’t a paying position, but rather a labor of love helping John Marble get his first book published.
You know John as an On Pasture author sharing his experience and tips as a grazier in Oregon. But John is also a great short story writer. After reading several stories he sent me over the years, I encouraged him to get them published, and he said he’d be happy to if I would help. So I did.
Now Chicken Dinner at the Steak House is out and I couldn’t be more proud. Of course, I’m biased because John is one of my best friends and he even let me add one of my own stories to the book. But I feel like our pride is justified based on the reviews we’ve gotten so far. People have fallen in love with the characters, especially Val, a strong woman fighting the odds. My favorite might be Bill, the aging cattle baron who runs into a cattle rustler at his own place.
I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises for you, so I’ll just let readers tell you what they think.
“This book is a bird’s eye view into life in the American west. The characters and dialect rang true and it painted a picture so clearly it seems that the author has first hand knowledge of all parts of life in rural America – the beauty, the struggle and judging by the details – possibly even as a cattle rustler! I really enjoyed this gem of a book and I am looking forward to John’s next publication.”
“This book hit home on so many levels. The authentic perspective is captured in a way that makes me envy and appreciate the cowboy way of life. The author made the West come alive, and I really developed a love for many of the characters in the book.”
“The stories are entertaining and real. This cowboy life is made real & authentic. The way of life is full of heartache and luck, and made the book hard to put down. Highly recommend!”
“Chicken Dinner at the Steak House is an enjoyable story of hard working people. It gave insight to the day to day operations of making a living with cattle and the mindset of those doing the work. It was entertaining how the characters all intertwined. The irony in the ending just made one feel good. Look forward to more from this author.”
You can find Chicken Dinner at the Steak House in paperback or as a Kindle version at Amazon. We hope you’ll enjoy it. And if you read it, do leave a review, even if it’s just to tell us what we could do better next time.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. The Holidays are coming and this book could make a great gift. 😉